Ducks



[duhk] /dʌk/

noun, plural ducks, (especially collectively for 1, 2) duck.
1.
any of numerous wild or domesticated web-footed swimming birds of the family Anatidae, especially of the genus Anas and allied genera, characterized by abroad, flat bill, short legs, and depressed body.
2.
the female of this bird, as distinguished from the male.
Compare 1 .
3.
the flesh of this bird, eaten as food.
4.
Informal. person; individual:
He’s the queer old duck with the knee-length gaiters and walrus mustache.
5.
a playing marble, especially one that is not used as a shooter.
6.
ducks, (used with a singular verb) British Slang. 2 .
7.
Cricket Slang.

Idioms
8.
water off a duck’s back, something that has little or no effect:
Our criticisms of his talk rolled off him like water off a duck’s back.
[duhk] /dʌk/
verb (used without object)
1.
to stoop or bend suddenly; bob.
2.
to avoid or evade a blow, unpleasant task, etc.; dodge.
3.
to plunge the whole body or the head momentarily under water.
4.
Cards Informal. to play a card lower than the card led.
verb (used with object)
5.
to lower suddenly:
Duck your head going through that low doorway.
6.
to avoid or evade (a blow, unpleasant task, etc.); dodge:
to duck a hard right; to duck an embarrassing question.
7.
to plunge or dip in water momentarily.
8.
Cards Informal. to play a card lower than (the card led).
noun
9.
an act or instance of ducking.
[duhk] /dʌk/
noun
1.
a heavy, plain-weave cotton fabric for tents, clothing, bags, etc., in any of various weights and widths.
2.
ducks, (used with a plural verb) slacks or trousers made of this material.
[duhk] /dʌk/
noun
1.
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/dʌks/
plural noun
1.
clothing made of duck, esp white trousers for sports
/dʌk/
noun (pl) ducks, duck
1.
any of various small aquatic birds of the family Anatidae, typically having short legs, webbed feet, and a broad blunt bill: order Anseriformes
2.
the flesh of this bird, used as food
3.
the female of such a bird, as opposed to the male (drake)
4.
any other bird of the family Anatidae, including geese, and swans
5.
(Brit, informal) Also ducks. dear or darling: used as a term of endearment or of general address See also ducky
6.
(informal) a person, esp one regarded as odd or endearing
7.
(cricket) a score of nothing by a batsman
8.
(informal) like water off a duck’s back, without effect
9.
(informal) take to something like a duck to water, to become adept at or attracted to something very quickly
/dʌk/
verb
1.
to move (the head or body) quickly downwards or away, esp so as to escape observation or evade a blow
2.
to submerge or plunge suddenly and often briefly under water
3.
(informal) when intr, often foll by out. to dodge or escape (a person, duty, etc)
4.
(intransitive) (bridge) to play a low card when possessing a higher one rather than try to win a trick
noun
5.
the act or an instance of ducking
/dʌk/
noun
1.
a heavy cotton fabric of plain weave, used for clothing, tents, etc See also ducks
/dʌk/
noun
1.
an amphibious vehicle used in World War II
n.

waterfowl, Old English duce (found only in genitive ducan) “a duck,” literally “a ducker,” presumed to be from Old English *ducan “to duck, dive” (see duck (v.)). Replaced Old English ened as the name for the bird, this being from PIE *aneti-, the root of the “duck” noun in most Indo-European languages.

In the domestic state the females greatly exceed in number, hence duck serves at once as the name of the female and of the race, drake being a specific term of sex. [OED]

As a term of endearment, attested from 1580s. duck-walk is 1930s; duck soup “anything easily done” is by 1899. Duck’s ass haircut is from 1951. Ducks-and-drakes, skipping flat stones on water, is from 1580s; the figurative sense of “throwing something away recklessly” is c.1600.

“strong, untwilled linen (later cotton) fabric,” used for sails and sailors’ clothing, 1630s, from Dutch doeck “linen cloth” (Middle Dutch doec), related to German Tuch “piece of cloth,” Danish dug, Old Frisian dok, Old High German tuoh, all of unknown origin.
v.

“to plunge into” (transitive), c.1300; to suddenly go under water (intransitive), mid-14c., from presumed Old English *ducan “to duck,” found only in derivative duce (n.) “duck” (but there are cognate words in other Germanic languages, e.g. Old High German tuhhan “to dip,” German tauchen “to dive,” Old Frisian duka, Middle Dutch duken “to dip, dive,” Dutch duiken), from Proto-Germanic *dukjan.

Sense of “bend, stoop quickly” is first recorded in English 1520s. Related: Ducked; ducking. The noun is attested from 1550s in the sense of “quick stoop;” meaning “a plunge, dip” is from 1843.

noun

Related Terms

have one’s ducks in a row

noun

verb

Related Terms

dead duck, fuck a duck, have one’s ducks in a row, knee-high to a grasshopper, lame duck, ruptured duck, sitting duck

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